Cape Town fires leave 90 homeless

Nearly 90 people have been left homeless after three fires in the Western Cape, the City of Cape Town said on Saturday.

The city's head of disaster operation, Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, said the first fire was at Brown’s Farm informal settlement in Phillipi on Friday night, where one shack burnt down.

Picture: Jeffrey Abrahams. Credit: INLSA

The second fire destroyed two backyard dwellings in Ocean View on Friday. Six adults and nine children were left homeless.

The last fire, at the Sweet Homes informal settlement in Phillipi on Saturday, destroyed 15 shacks and left 70 people homeless.

Solomons-Johannes said the city’s disaster response teams were on hand to assist the victims with food parcels, clothing, blankets and building material.

The causes of the fires were still being investigated, he said. -Sapa